“The CCC Annual Music Legal Eagles Panel”

    • September 14, 2021
    150 150 The California Copyright Conference

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    2:30 pm - 3:30 pm



    Our own legal eagles, Sabrina Ment, Esq. and Michael R. Morris, Esq., have assembled a panel of esteemed legal minds from the entertainment realm. They’ll be addressing topical developments concerning music legislation, including the Music Modernization Act and the Mechanical Licensing Collective, recording and music publishing agreements, catalog sales, revenue splits between labels and artists and music-related litigation. Handout B, 

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    Michael R. Morris, Esq. | Attorney at Law, Valensi Rose, PLC



    Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Esq. | Principal, Charlesworth Law

    Jordan Bromley, Esq. | Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Leader of Entertainment, Transactions and Finance Practice

    Neville L. Johnson, Esq. | Partner, Johnson and Johnson, LLP

    Shay M. Lawson, Esq. | Managing Attorney, Lawson McKinley


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    CCC Members $0 per person | Non-members $5 per person

    The registration deadline for this webinar is Tuesday, September 14th at 1:30pm PDT. 

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    Michael R. Morris, Esq. | Attorney at Law, Valensi Rose, PLC

    Michael R. Morris has blended his tax law expertise with his passion for music and entertainment, resulting in a practice that is unique.

    As a former trial lawyer for the IRS and a Certified Specialist in Taxation Law, Michael provides insightful resolutions to his clients’ complicated tax, estate and business transaction issues. In the entertainment industry, Michael has developed a strong reputation of providing valuable and effective business solutions in areas such as copyright and contractual matters.

    Although Michael’s core competency is within the tax arena and entertainment, he has developed significant expertise covering a wide range of businesses.  His diverse  client base includes  major studio executives, recording artists (including Grammy winners), production companies, film and TV composers,  talent agencies,  payroll companies,  skin healthcare companies, post production houses, software companies, and an award-winning winery.


    Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, Esq. | Principal, Charlesworth Law

    Jacqueline C. Charlesworth is a litigator and transactional attorney whose practice is focused on music, film and other intellectual property. Previously, as a partner at Alter, Kendrick & Baron, LLP, she represented clients in music and film-related litigation and transactional matters and testified before U.S. Senate on DMCA issues. She was also a visiting lecturer at Yale Law School, where she taught music law with Lisa Alter.

    Charlesworth served as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights of the U.S. Copyright Office.

    In addition to litigating precedent-setting copyright cases, Charlesworth is a sophisticated dealmaker and advisor on legislative issues in the areas of music and copyright. In 2018, she was named Billboard Woman Executive of the Year for her critical role in crafting and securing passage of the Music Modernization Act, landmark legislation to update U.S. music licensing rules.

    At the Copyright Office, Charlesworth had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act. As General Counsel, she oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters, including the Office’s participation in Supreme Court cases, rulemaking proceedings, and copyright registration and termination issues. She also advised Congress on copyright-related legislation and policy concerns. During her tenure, she produced an influential study on the U.S. music licensing system, Copyright and the Music Marketplace, which helped set the stage for legislative reform.

    Before joining the Copyright Office, Charlesworth was in private practice, where she handled IP-related litigation and transactional matters. She also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Harry Fox Agency.

    Charlesworth received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Executive Committee Editor of The Yale Law Journal and a founding member of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

    Currently, Charlesworth is a Trustee, of the Los Angeles Copyright Society.


    Jordan Bromley, Esq. | Partner, Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP; Leader of Entertainment, Transactions and Finance Practice

    Jordan Bromley is the leader of Manatt’s entertainment transactions and finance practice. His experience lies in recognizing talented artists, individuals and companies; developing strategies to achieve their long-term success; and protecting their interests by rigorously negotiating and drafting the agreements that form the basis of their business relationships.

    Recognizing that creators are no longer limited to the studio but instead are CEOs of a global licensing regime, brand ambassadors and global strategists, Bromley emphasizes that his responsibility is to support and protect their activities in all countries—large and small, developed and developing. This includes structuring global distribution networks and tours, trademark enforcement, and securing opportunities in developing markets. His extensive experience representing creators and owners of intellectual property makes him a strong strategic advisor to companies that use IP in their consumer-facing products or services.

    A staunch advocate of creators’ rights, Bromley devises and implements strategies to influence legislation and policy affecting IP in the music industry. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Music Artists Coalition. In this role, Bromley is active in the implementation of the Music Modernization Act, the ongoing reform discussions regarding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and various state and local measures that affect music creators, including bringing awareness to their rights to economic relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, he was the lead negotiator for the music business exemption in California’s employment law AB 5.

    Bromley is an authority on the streaming economy. In his 2016 royalty infographic, “U.S. Streaming Royalties Explained,” he provided the first complete picture of how money flows to every participant in the value chain. With over a dozen separate data points, the infographic remains the most comprehensive and accurate existing view of U.S. streaming royalties.

    Bromley is also known for his thought leadership. He is frequently published in and quoted by publications covering music issues, such as Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur, Newsweek, The Guardian, The Hill andFinancial Times. He has been recognized by Billboard as one of “Music’s Most Powerful Attorneys,” and in feedback provided to Chambers USA, clients have called him “…the best there is. Period.” Honors and awards Bromley’s received include, “Top Music Attorneys” list by The Hollywood Reporter, 2021; one of the Top-Ranked Attorneys, Chambers USA, 2021; Variety’s “Legal Impact Report,” 2020–21; one of the “Top Music Lawyers” by Billboard, 2018–21, and named one of The Best Lawyers in America, 2020–21.

    Prior to becoming an attorney, Bromley co-founded and developed Golden Mean Management, a Bay Area rap label and management, marketing and distribution company. He also co-founded and developed Hip Hop Congress, an international nonprofit organization that uses hip hop music and culture to inspire social and civic action among young people.


    Neville L. Johnson, Esq. | Partner, Johnson and Johnson, LLP

    Johnson & Johnson LLP, based in Beverly Hills, California, is a litigation and transactional law firm that with a particular emphasis on entertainment, privacy, defamation, consumer issues, and class actions.

    Mr. Neville Johnson has practiced entertainment law and IP law since 1975. He has represented many well-known celebrities and entertainment concerns, such as Yoko Ono and Sylvester Stallone. The firm does extensive “net profit” work in the film and television industry, right of publicity, copyright infringement and idea-theft, breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other business torts. He and his firm have been lead counsel in many class actions, including pioneering class actions in the entertainment industry. He represents clients in many record, publishing, and motion picture deals.

    Mr. Johnson has been designated a “SuperLawyer” (top 5% as voted by colleagues) numerous times (2006-2008, 2015–2022), and has been chosen to vet and approve nominations. In 2020, 2021 and 2022, SuperLawyer and his peers named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Southern California (the only entertainment attorney on the list). He has been designated one of the Hollywood 100 “Power Lawyers” by the Hollywood Reporter every year since 2008. In 2020, he was moved to a new permanent category, “Legal Legend.”

    Mr. Johnson is the author of The John Wooden Pyramid of Success, the authorized biography of the philosopher-coach from UCLA, John Wooden, and co-owns Cool Titles, the book publisher. He also performs as the singer-songwriter Trevor McShane with his all-pro band, featuring a four-piece horn section. Videos are on YouTube.


    Shay M. Lawson, Esq. | Managing Attorney, Lawson McKinley

    Shay M. Lawson is an Intellectual Property Attorney admitted to the bar in the United States District Court Eastern District of New York and the United States District Court Northern District of Georgia, State Bar of Georgia, Intellectual Property Section Entertainment & Sports Law Section. She received her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

    Atlanta-based Lawson specializes in brand protection and contract negotiation for entertainment professionals. As a SuperLawyers 2020 Rising Star Honoree, she has been recognized in the top 2.5% of intellectual property attorneys practicing in the state of Georgia. She is responsible for negotiating millions in client deals in connection with brands such as Nike, BravoTV, ABC, Fox News, iHeartMedia and Microsoft. Lawson is notable within the music industry for protecting multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-winning artists, songwriters, engineers, and producers. She’s served two consecutive terms as a board member for the Atlanta Chapter of the Recording Academy as co-chair of Advocacy. Her work protecting clients has been featured by Black Enterprise, Rolling Stone, The Hollywood Reporter, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

    Lawson is managing attorney of the boutique law firm of Lawson McKinley servicing music professionals, TV personalities, and social influencers. Their primary practice focuses on trademark, copyright, digital media rights, podcast distribution rights, film music rights, social influencer law and transactional law. She’s responsible for leading and managing all aspects of client matters varying from deal negotiation, IP registration, to transactional drafting, and litigation.

    Her professional memberships include: The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter, (Board Member), Songwriters of North America (SONA) (Board Member), Black Sports and Entertainment Lawyers Association (Member).


    Attention Attorneys: This virtual activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one (1) hour. The CCC certifies that this activity confirms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. Attorneys who wish to register for MCLE Credit must include their State Bar number with their reservation. Following this virtual webinar, we will verify your attendance via Zoom reporting and email your certificate of attendance to the email provided at registration. 


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